The best times to visit Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge for ideal weather are
April 30th to October 14th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Travel Guide
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Weather in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge
Average temperatures in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 44th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 93.9°F (34.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 62.2°F (16.8°C) at night.
Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Perceived Temperature (F)
Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge are July, August, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid June. For example, on the week of June 11th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.
When can you find snow in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is July (32.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (72.6%).
Wind in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge is usually calm. The windiest month is July, followed by June and August. July’s average wind speed of around 10.7 knots (12.3 MPH or 19.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid June where average top sustained speeds reach 21.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||3.8||Barely noticeable||11||Significant breeze|
|Feb||4.2||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.7||Light breeze||15.8||Significant breeze|
|Apr||8.1||Gentle breeze||17.9||Strong breeze|
|May||9.1||Gentle breeze||18.3||Significant breeze|
|Jun||10.6||Gentle breeze||19.5||Strong breeze|
|Jul||10.7||Gentle breeze||18.9||Significant breeze|
|Aug||9.5||Gentle breeze||18.2||Strong breeze|
|Sep||6.9||Light breeze||16||Significant breeze|
|Oct||4.5||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||3.8||Barely noticeable||11.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||3.5||Barely noticeable||10.7||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge, OR, US is August, followed by July and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 79.3°F (26.3°C) and 53.5°F (11.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 87.2°F (30.7°C) and 46.2°F (7.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 54.1°F (12.3°C) and 41.7°F (5.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.